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Scripture: Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for permission to take down Jesus’ body. When Pilate gave permission, Joseph came and took the body away.  With him came Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night. He brought about seventy-five pounds of perfumed ointment made from myrrh and aloes. Following Jewish burial custom, they wrapped Jesus’ body with the...

Scripture: I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.   Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the...

Scripture: Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plough up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you. Hosea 10:12 Comment: Spring is for sowing into prepared ground. If the ground is cold seeds won’t germinate; if...

Scripture Plant the good seeds of righteousness and you will harvest a crop of love.  Plough up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.  Hosea 10 v 12  Comment It’s spring. I have sprouting seed potatoes on my window sills! My husband is...

Scripture: From him the whole body joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.  Ephesians 4: 16 Comment: I’ve just discovered that a long-standing friend of mine is experiencing great mental anguish and depression. Right now she even doubts her salvation. “Looking at the Bible we see...

Scripture: …the lips of the wise protect them. Proverbs 14:3b Comment: In marriage the mouth matters! Sharp retorts or disrespectful words we all know can cause damage. But believing and holding fast to the belief that our husband/wife has goodwill towards us, even when we smart from something we think they’ve said, keeps everything calm and helps us to be...

Scripture:  Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24 Comment: This week has heralded the start of lent and lots of talk about people giving up things. In the midst of this a blog from Pastor...

Scripture:  I have told you this so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your cup of joy will overflow!  John 15:11 Comment: God wants us to have joy. After a difficult winter, weather wise, we’re delighted to see the evenings becoming lighter, crocuses peaking out and the frogs are getting rather busy in our pond (!). All...

Scripture Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Corinthians 13:13. Comment A journalist who described herself as a ‘fully paid-up feminist’ recently wrote … ”A few days ago, I ironed all my husband’s shirts in a marathon session, just for the palpable frisson of knowing how happy it would make him not...

Scripture:  Love does not give up. Love is kind. Love is not jealous. Love does not put itself up as being important. Love has no pride. Love does not do the wrong thing. Love never thinks of itself. Love does not get angry. Love does not remember the suffering that comes from being hurt by someone. Love is not happy...